The Saturday night offering from the Caribbean Premier League sees the competition back at the Darren Sammy National Stadium as the St Lucia Zouks look to bounce back from a disappointing loss on Friday night when they host the defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders.
The Zouks are under all sorts of pressure here, not only did they lose on Friday night but they caved in spectacularly with the bat and are in danger of not getting going in this tournament. The Knight Riders lost last time out and will be looking to respond here.
St Lucia Zouks
The loss on Friday night was the kind of defeat which should really concern the St Lucia Zouks. On a belter of a batting wicket they restricted Barbados to next to nothing but they were so bad with the bat it was untrue. You could argue that one or two of the early dismissals were unlucky in that they picked out the only man around but at the same time the pitch was so good that only pressure can have contributed to what we saw.
That wasn’t the first time their batting has let them down in the tournament. They need to make sure it is the last though if they are going to press on and secure their aim of making the top four. They seem to have their bowling options in good order so if their senior batsmen can step up to the plate then there is no reason why they can’t go on a run but that needs to begin pretty soon with games coming thick and fast.
Trinbago Knight Riders
It had looked like a serene path back to the play-offs for the Trinbago Knight Riders when they won their opening four matches however a defeat last time out, and the manner of that loss in that they couldn’t defend a score well in excess of 200, is a slight dent in their perfect campaign. Champion sides tend to bounce back after a loss and it will be interesting to see if the Knight Riders do that in this match.
In recent times Trinbago have been very good with the bat but if they are going to make a successful defence of their title then they are going to have to sharpen up their act with the ball. It should be said that Sunil Narine didn’t feature last time out and when he is back there should be a natural improvement in that department from them. With home matches still to come the Knight Riders are nicely placed despite that loss.
The St Lucia Zouks could be without Obed McCoy for this match. He was not fit enough to bat on Friday night so you would think he is unlikely to recover from whatever the issue was in time for this one.
Trinbago Knight Riders will be expected to recall Sunil Narine to their side. He could well come in for the man who replaced him last time out in Mark Deyal. Anderson Philip is expected to keep his place despite the poor bowling effort against St Kitts and Nevis.
With the struggles of the St Lucia Zouks this isn’t an easy match to bet on because if we want a decent price on anything we are going to need the Zouks to help out with the various lines and I’m not massively convinced that will happen. In saying that I wouldn’t want to be on many unders because this is a Trinbago side who went the distance last time out.
There is a bet I like the look of here though and it comes in the form of the runs for Lendl Simmons. He is in seriously good form at the minute with his last three scores being 63, 86 and 90 and having previously played for the St Lucia franchise he’ll know all about this ground. We saw Barbados get off to a flyer with the bat on Friday night and I would expect Simmons to do likewise here. He has already scored 63 against the Zouks this season and yet his line here is a modest 23.5. On this batting track he should cover that.
VOID – Back L.Simmons – Over 23.5 runs for a 4/10 stake at 1.85 with BetVictor